Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs, Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck
Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Bellerin, Coquelin, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud
Arsenal kept their skim hopes of making the top four alive with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates this afternoon.
Arsene Wenger made a couple of changes from the team that lost last weekend with Rob Holding coming in for Gabriel, and Danny Welbeck replacing Olivier Giroud up front.
It was the visitors who had the first sight of goal, Wayne Rooney heading over under pressure from Holding, and Anthony Martial forced Cech into a save at his near post after being sent through by the England international.
Aaron Ramsey got on the end of a Sanchez pass to force a fine 9th minute save from David de Gea, and the game settled into a pattern with United sitting deep and Arsenal having lots of the ball.
Rooney headed off-target again, nodding wide after a short corner, and there was half a half a chance for Welbeck from an Arsenal corner, but he found himself crowded out quickly.
Ramsey came alive a couple of times, found by Alexis and the Welshman pulled the ball back for Welbeck whose shot was deflected wide. He then almost got on the end of a great Alexis cross, before Oxlade-Chamberlain stung the palms of de Gea with a rasping shot from outside the box.
United should have been ahead in the 31st minute though when a mistake from Holding saw him present the ball to Rooney inside our box, but Cech stood up well and make a great save from close range to save the youngster’s blushes.
It was about the last action of significance at either end in the first period. United’s bus was parked, Arsenal couldn’t find a way through and the game remained scoreless at the break.
There were no chances from either manager as the second half got underway, and the first 10 minutes were incredibly dull with both sides doing as much nothing as possible.
That seemed to irk Granit Xhaka who decided there’d been enough nothing so did something. He picked the ball up from a throw, took it on, decided to have a pop and it deflected off Herrera’s back and looped up and into the top corner. 1-0 in the 55th minute.
Two minutes later, the lead was doubled through Danny Welbeck. Holding kept the ball alive down the right, fed it to Oxlade-Chamberlain, he crossed it into the middle, and Welbeck thumped in a header off the underside of the crossbar. 2-0.
That prompted United into a couple of changes with Lindgard coming on for MickeyTarzan, and Marcus Rashford introduced for Herrera. Cech saved a Rooney free kick, and but for a timely intervention from Carrick, Ramsey would have been through on goal.
Rooney had an effort on goal but it flew high and wide, before Arsenal were forced into a change when Xhaka picked up a calf problem and was replaced by Francis Coquelin in the 76th minute.
Rooney shot over again, this time put off by a hilarious attempted block by Coquelin, and Arsene Wenger used his last two subs, bringing on Giroud and Bellerin for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Welbeck.
The rest of the game played out in Arsenal’s favour, the three points were much needed, and Arsene Wenger enjoyed his first ever Premier League win over Jose Mourinho.
All in all a good day.